ABM Industries

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ABM Industries Inc.
Traded asNYSEABM
S&P 600 Component
IndustryFacility services
FounderMorris Rosenberg
Area served
United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Central America, North Africa, Middle East, Europe
Key people
Sudhakar Kesavan (Chairman)
Scott Salmirs (CEO & President)
Anthony Scaglione (CFO)
ProductsIntegrated facility services
Facilities Engineering
HVAC and Mechanical
Integrated Facility Solutions
Landscape and Grounds
Parking and Transportation
RevenueIncrease US$ 6.4 billion (2018)[1]
Number of employees
140,000[2] (2018)

ABM Industries Inc. is a facility management provider in the United States. ABM was founded in 1909 by Morris Rosenberg in San Francisco, CA as a single-person window washing business.[3] Over 100 years later, the company is one of the largest facility solutions providers with over 130,000 employees,[4] over 350 offices, and various international locations.[5]

Main services provided[edit]

ABM provides a variety of facility services in areas such as electrical and lighting, energy, facility engineering, HVAC and mechanical, janitorial services, landscape and grounds, parking and transportation.[6] ABM's diverse range of services also include energy efficiency and sustainability such as building improvements, electric vehicle charging stations, and renewable energy solutions. Green solutions designed to help building owners attain LEED and Energy Star certifications are also services that ABM focuses on to assist in lowering energy usage and reducing carbon emissions.[6]



In 1909, Morris Rosenberg, the company's founder, began cleaning shopkeepers' windows in San Francisco, CA. The company took the name American Building Maintenance in 1913 and acquired Easterday Janitorial Supply Company in 1927.[7]

In the 1920s and 1930s, ABM grew its business on the West Coast by offering annual cleaning contracts to businesses.[8] In 1921, ABM became the first janitorial contractor in America to clean a major college campus after contracting to clean Stanford University.[8]

When Morris Rosenberg died in 1935, his oldest son Theodore "Ted" Rosenberg became president and his younger son Sydney joined the company in 1937.[8][9] Ted purchased an electrical company in that same year and ABM cleaned Navy ships and installed wiring on Water Buffalo amphibious vehicles during World War II.[7] By the end of the war, ABM had grown to 17 offices in the U.S. and Canada.[8]


ABM’s growth continued throughout the post-war years and the company went public in 1962 in the over-the-counter market[10] with Ted serving as Chairman and Sydney as CEO.[7] Ted remained involved with ABM until his death in 2010[9] serving on the Board of Directors and the late Sydney Rosenberg retired as a director in December 1997.[11]

In 1965, ABM went from the over-the-counter stock market to being listed on the American Stock Exchange, now known as NYSE Amex Equities.[12] In the late 1960s, ABM acquired the companies later known as Ampco System Parking, CommAir Mechanical, Amtech Elevator Services and Amtech Lighting Services.[8][13] In 1971, ABM made its debut on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol ABM.[10] ABM Engineering was established in the early 1990s and received ISO 9002 certification in 1999.[14] By the end of 1999, ABM employed over 55,000 people and reported annual sales revenue over $1.6 billion.[14]


Henrik Slipsager became the president and Chief Executive Officer of ABM Industries in November 2000.[15] Divestitures were made including selling Amtech Elevator in 2003 and CommAir Mechanical in 2005. ABM acquired Lakeside Building Maintenance in 2002; Security Services of America in 2004; and four janitorial companies—Colin Service Systems in the Northeast; Initial Cleaning Services' janitorial operations in Maryland; HGO in Philadelphia; and Brandywine Building Services in the Delaware, southeast Pennsylvania and south New Jersey area.

17 ABM employees were killed at the World Trade Center during the September 11 attacks. A window washer that was working for ABM managed to use his squeegee to open an elevator door saving many people.[citation needed]

In 2007, ABM acquired the assets of HealthCare Parking Systems of America, Inc. (HPSA), a provider of healthcare-related parking services based in Tampa, Florida with annual revenues of approximately of $26 million.[16]

Also in 2007, ABM completed the acquisition of OneSource Services Inc. (London AIM: OSS) for $365 million in cash.[17] OneSource is a provider of outsourced facility services, including janitorial, landscaping, general repair and maintenance, and other specialized services for more than 10,000 commercial, industrial, institutional and retail accounts in the U.S.

In 2010, ABM acquired The Linc Group, LLC, also known as TLG, for $300 million. Also in 2010, ABM acquired select parking assets from the L&R Group of Companies and also all of the assets of three parking companies: Five Star Parking, Network Parking Company Ltd., and System Parking, Inc.[18]

In November 2012, ABM acquired Atlanta-based AirServ Corp. for $158 million in cash,[19] they also acquired HHA Services, a food and facility service provider to hospitals, healthcare systems, long-term care facilities and retirement communities.[20]

Throughout 2014, ABM Industries made several acquisitions including GBM Support Services Group Limited, Airco Commercial Services and Alpha Mechanical Service.


In 2015, the company named Scott Salmirs as its 7th CEO in ABM's 106-year history.[34] ABM also appointed Anthony Scaglione as CFO in April 2015.[21]

Under Mr. Salmirs, ABM announced a comprehensive transformation initiative, 2020 Vision,[22] in September 2015. 2020 Vision is intended to drive long-term profitable growth through an industry-based go-to-market approach. ABM realigned its business into Industry Groups: Aviation. Business & Industry, Education, Healthcare, Technology & Manufacturing, and Technical Solutions. The company also centralized key business functional support areas (Finance, HR, Marketing, Legal, etc.) and created a central shared services function to drive greater effectiveness and efficiency.

As part of the 2020 Vision strategy, ABM divested assets of the business no longer strategic to the company’s Vision. ABM sold its Security Business to a division of Universal Services of America in October 2015 [36] for $131 million. In June 2017, ABM sold its Government Services business to Valiant Integrated Services for $35 million.[23]

ABM also acquired Westway Services Holdings, a technical engineering company for UK customers, in December 2015.[37]

In June 2016, it was announced that ABM Industries had joined the Fortune 500 for the first time.[38]

In September 2017, ABM Industries purchased GCA Services Group for $1.25 billion.[24] The largest acquisition in the Company’s history.


Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ http://investor.abm.com/news-releases/news-release-details/abm-industries-announces-fourth-quarter-and-full-year-2018. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "ABM Industries". Fortune. Retrieved 2018-12-31.
  3. ^ Whitfield, Paul (March 17, 2009). "ABM Industries Offers Steady Dividend Growth". Investor’s Business Daily: B05.
  4. ^ Stephanie Blanchard (4 November 2013). "2013 Mobilizer Awards Innovation". Mobile Enterprise. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Our Company". ABM. Archived from the original on 19 August 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Facility Management Services". ABM. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  7. ^ a b c "American Building Maintenance Industries". Harvard Business School Library. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  8. ^ a b c d e Rourke, E.; Brown, S. W.; Caudill, C. (2012). ABM Industries Incorporated. 128. International Directory of Company Histories. pp. 1–6.
  9. ^ a b "Theodore Rosenberg Death Notice". SFGate. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  10. ^ a b "ABM Industries Incorporated - Company Profile, Information, Business Description, History, Background Information on ABM Industries Incorporated". Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  11. ^ McLaughlin, Mark (June 2002). "Sweeping Beauty". Kiplinger's Personal Finance. 56 (6): 64.
  12. ^ "News Digest" (PDF). Securities and Exchange Commission. 5 May 1965. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  13. ^ "History". ABM. Archived from the original on 30 July 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  14. ^ a b "ABM Industries Incorporated Form 10-K/A". Securities and Exchange Commission. 8 February 2002. Archived from the original on 20 July 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  15. ^ "CEO Interview: Henrik Slipsager". The Wall Street Transcript. 3 March 2003. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  16. ^ "ABM Industries, Inc". Mergent's Dividend Achievers (Wiley). Fall 2008.
  17. ^ "ABM Industries Acquires Diversco". Zacks. 1 July 2010. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  18. ^ "ABM Industries Incorporated Form 8-K". Securities and Exchange Commission. 30 November 2010. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  19. ^ Jacques Couret (16 October 2012). "ABM buys Air Serv". Atlanta Business Chronicle. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  20. ^ "ABM Acquires HHA Services (NYSE:ABM)". ABM.com. November 1, 2012. Retrieved June 19, 2014.
  21. ^ "ABM Names SVP, Treasurer Scaglione as Chief Financial Officer (NYSE:ABM)". investor.abm.com. Retrieved 2018-06-26.
  22. ^ "ABM Announces Comprehensive Strategy and Transformation Initiative to Enhance Shareholder Value (NYSE:ABM)". investor.abm.com. Retrieved 2018-06-26.
  23. ^ "ABM Sells US Government Services Unit, Incl. Language Business, for USD 35.5m | Slator". Slator. 2017-06-09. Retrieved 2018-06-26.
  24. ^ "ABM Industries Completes Acquisition of GCA Services Group (NYSE:ABM)". investor.abm.com. Retrieved 2018-06-26.

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